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Pregnancy: Hair Changes - Topic Overview

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can affect how your hair looks and feels.

  • Hair loss slows down considerably, and hair growth can increase. You may notice that your head of hair is thicker and healthier-looking than usual. But some women find that their hair is more limp and lifeless during pregnancy.
  • It is normal during pregnancy to grow hair on other parts of your body, such as your abdomen, face, or back.

After pregnancy, your hair's growth cycle returns to normal. Hair that would normally have been shed during the last few months is now ready to die and be replaced. So don't be surprised if you lose more hair than normal during the first year after childbirth.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 23, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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